• Terri Windover

RHUBARB CONSERVE


Hints of lemon and ginger bring this rhubarb conserve to life. Slivered almonds add flavourful crunch. It’s quick and easy to prepare and yields a larger number of jars of jam per quantity of fruit used than traditional long-boil recipes with a similar flavour profile.

INGREDIENTS:

4 (1000 ml) cups finely chopped rhubarb

¼ cup (50 ml) water

2 oranges (unpeeled), seeded and finely chopped

1 lemon (unpeeled), seeded and finely chopped

1cup (250 ml) raisins

5 cups (1250 ml) granulated sugar

1- ¼ tsp (6 ml) ground mace or nutmeg

2 pouches (170 ml) BERNARDIN® Liquid Pectin

½ cup (125 ml) chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS: • Place 7 clean 250 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Heat SNAP LID® sealing discs in hot water, not boiling (180°F/82°C). Keep jars and sealing discs hot until ready to use. • In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan, combine rhubarb and water. Partially cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil gently for 2 minutes, until rhubarb is softened. Add oranges, lemon, raisins and all of the sugar and mace, stirring until sugar dissolves. • Over high heat, bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Add liquid pectin, squeezing entire contents from pouch. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in walnuts and quickly skim off foam, if necessary. • Quickly ladle hot conserve into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more conserve. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining conserve. • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 10 minutes. • When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands. • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year. 

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